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Old 12-02-2012, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Mishawaka, Indiana
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Yes, Indy is natalistic. Indiana as a whole as the highest percentage of its population under age 18 of any state in the Midwest outside of a few outlier states on the Great Plains with low populations.
Is that a bad thing?
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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Pretty sure it's more than a mile. But the point is, drive through Louisville, Nashville, or Birmingham. The interstate cuts straight through the heart of downtown, right in the midst of it all, in Indianapolis it does not.
I have made the trip down I-65 on my way to Florida...............and I don't know what you are talking about. I-65 cuts right along downtown, as does I-70. It takes maybe, a minute, to get off the interstate into downtown Indianapolis. I mean, I guess they could have bulldozed Monument Circle so people can save a minute getting into downtown, but, what would be gained from that?

And for the record, Nashville and Louisville have both had leadership trying to remove interstates from near their downtown. Could it be that maybe, just maybe, bulldozing your city's core in the name of commuters is a bad idea?
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Lake Arlington Heights, IL
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Depends on your criteria.
Indianapolis is one of the best places in the midwest for families.
Chicago is to expensive and the schools are horrible.
Indy's schools on the other hand are ranked as some of the best in the nation. Especially Carmel and Fishers high school.
Skewed statistics.
Here are rankings for IN schools:Search Indiana High Schools | US News
For Illinois: Search Illinois High Schools | US News

6 of the first 9 schools are Chicago Public Schools. Only the first 2 Indiana schools from the lis twould make Il top ten. None of the Indy area schools would make the top 10 list for Illinois. Do some research first. Yes CPS has some of the worst schools, but also some of the best.

Matter of fact, our local high school, Wheeling HS, ranks #996 nationally which is 42nd best in IL. IN Indiana it would rank # 10, just behind Fishers which ranks 971 nationally but 9th in Indiana. So IN seemingly has nothing to brag about compared with IL schools.

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Old 12-03-2012, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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The Chicage msa is also growing faster than indy, which is a sign that more people want to live there.

2011 population growth:

Chicago +43,648
Indianapolis +22,327
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:51 AM
 
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It's Minneapolis if you want a mid-size city. Madison for a small city. Chicago by default for a big city. The rest by and large want what these cities already have.
This
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:53 AM
 
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Skewed statistics.
Here are rankings for IN schools:Search Indiana High Schools | US News
For Illinois: Search Illinois High Schools | US News

6 of the first 9 schools are Chicago Public Schools. Only the first 2 Indiana schools from the lis twould make Il top ten. None of the Indy area schools would make the top 10 list for Illinois. Do some research first. Yes CPS has some of the worst schools, but also some of the best.

Matter of fact, our local high school, Wheeling HS, ranks #996 nationally which is 42nd best in IL. IN Indiana it would rank # 10, just behind Fishers which ranks 971 nationally but 9th in Indiana. So IN seemingly has nothing to brag about compared with IL schools.
This is great information and easily confirmed by posters on this very site.
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:55 AM
 
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Depends on your criteria.
Indianapolis is one of the best places in the midwest for families.
Chicago is to expensive and the schools are horrible.
Indy's schools on the other hand are ranked as some of the best in the nation. Especially Carmel and Fishers high school.
Wow, Chicago has "horrible" schools, while Indy's are some of the best, the ones in Carmel and Fishers that is......
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Detroit
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The Chicage msa is also growing faster than indy, which is a sign that more people want to live there.

2011 population growth:

Chicago +43,648
Indianapolis +22,327
Rates are what people are usually referring to when talking about growth of cities and MSAs
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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Indianapolis and its interstate system was engineered very differently from most cities. I know driving all the way up I-65 I go through Birmingham, Nashville, Louisville, and finally Indianapolis. For the first 3 cities the interstate cuts right through the middle of downtown, Indianapolis is the only city where there is no interstate going directly through the heart of the city. Instead the interstate loops around the edges of the city. Personally, I find this kind of annoying, as it takes the longest to go through Indianapolis since I am having to go all the way around, compared to the other cities where I cut straight through.

The only thing to be gained by the interstate going around the city is possibly less traffic. Going right through the downtown the speed limits on the interstate must be reduced, usually to 50-55MPH and traffic is much heavier.
I, too, must say I'm baffled by this. Are you confusing I-65 for I-74? That's the only interstate currently that follows I-465 around the city. I-65 and I-70 go right into downtown. I-65 comes just as close to downtown Indy as it does to downtown Louisville, Nashville, and Birmingham. I've driven through all 3 cities. So the only thing I can possibly thing of is for some reason, you think I-65 follows I-465 around the city, but I really have no idea why you would think that.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Mishawaka, Indiana
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I, too, must say I'm baffled by this. Are you confusing I-65 for I-74? That's the only interstate currently that follows I-465 around the city. I-65 and I-70 go right into downtown. I-65 comes just as close to downtown Indy as it does to downtown Louisville, Nashville, and Birmingham. I've driven through all 3 cities. So the only thing I can possibly thing of is for some reason, you think I-65 follows I-465 around the city, but I really have no idea why you would think that.
I apologize, I meant I-465.
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